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'Beautifully written, funny and informative, this really is the first book to make compost seem sumptuous and sexy.' - MARY MOODY
Everything that lives must die. Everything decays. Life springs from death. These are the lessons at the heart of things, and at the heart of the compost heap. All of which would be almost too profound were it not for the fact that compost (like life and death) is also profoundly funny, earthy, at times revolting, often unexpectedly sweet, and always resistant to glorification.
Margaret Simons unearths stories about who we are, where we are in our history, our relationships to the earth and to each other, and the direction in which we might be headed - all through an examination of the humble compost heap.
Quite a stand alone book I read and re-read (and am amused still). Could be followed up with a practical workshop.
Perth, Western Australia
Resurrection in a Bucket
In the beginning 1
The life of compost 7
Compost as social barometer 27
The beginnings of the heap 45
From the cosmos to the bin 85
Humility and humus - confronting humanure 111
Rubbish and anti-rubbish 125
Worms wonderful worms 147
The things compost is about - politics, God and the dung heap 157
ISBN: 9781865085883 ISBN-10: 186508588X Audience:
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: 1st May 2004 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1